A Fight, A Fight . . . Obama and the Right

boxing foxThink about this for a moment, regardless of whether a person voted for Obama or not, he is still the representative and envoy for all American citizens both domestically and abroad. So, whether he likes republicans or not, it is still his sworn duty to represent them and their best interests. For Anita Dunn, the White House Communications Director, to openly state that Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party” is tantamount to her saying that the Obama administration is opposed to republicans. That statement in it self is biased, so you tell me, what is more sorry, a news organization that is partisan, or the president of the United States being partisan?

 

As for Fox news being an arm of the Republican Party, for certain they are center right as far as politics go. However, they are not far right of the center, like MSNBC is far left of center. On a regular basis, Fox news invites liberal commentators on their shows to repudiate the news they report. Sean Hannity, the most outspoken critic of Obama has Bob Beckel on his show nearly every night. Beckel, the former national campaign manager for Walter Mondale and a member of the Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign, is about as left leaning as they come. Likewise, on another segment of Hannity’s show, “The Great American Panel,” he usually employs a panel 3 people to respond to the issues of the day; most times two of them are democrats, although there are times when there is only one democrat, and yet sometimes I have seen three democrats on the panel.

 

Bill O’reilly’s, often refers to himself as an independent; I suspect he’s more conservative than liberal though. Either way his show is equally represented by both liberal and conservative views. He almost always leads off his 1 hour show with his “Talking Points;” he reports the events for the day, combined with his point of view, and then leaves it to the audience to make up their mind by stating firmly . . . “you decide.” After his talking points, he usually brings on a guest, letting them plug their book; sometimes they are liberals and sometimes conservatives, Nancy Grace being one of the well known liberal authors. Sometimes he interviews a conservative or liberal guest himself; and no matter the case, if he opposes their view, they get ripped a new one. Other times he moderates a two person panel, always representing equal sides of the political spectrum; Alan Colmes, a left leaning radio host is often a guest. Colmes was also a permanent fixture on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes during the 2008 Presidential Election, as a liberal counterpoint to Hannity’s conservatism. Of course, O’reilly invites conservative leaning Dennis Miller on his show pretty often, but he is more so there for entertainment value than actual political commentary, and he does not always agree with O’reilly either. Most everyone knows Miller is a comedian, so if you take him seriously, you may be doing so at your own peril.

 

I am not even going to try to defend Glenn Beck, other than to state that he is a self proclaimed libertarian, and that he often makes it aware publicly on his show that is not a journalist; but instead just an average everyday guy shedding light on little known facts that may otherwise go unnoticed. Nonetheless, he has a propensity to factually expose situations and circumstances that are of national significance. It is Glenn Beck’s goal to bring honesty and integrity back to our government officials and the political process. The fact that he has so many followers, does lead one to believe that he can’t be all wrong. Although he almost always cites the sources of his information, he encourages everyone to research the facts, and not to just take them for granted.

 

As for the rest of the Fox News Contributors, including Greta Van Susteran, they are mostly objective, fair, and balanced. And in some cases like Geraldo Rivera, a left leaning guy with his own show on Fox, they are public about their political ideology.

 

I do not see MSNBC or the other’s offering any conservative people their own show, so how can the government say Fox is 100% in the tank for the Republican Party? Especially when the likes of Keith Obeirman, Chris Matthews, Campbell Brown, Wolf Blitzer, Katie Curic, and others are walking around with “yes we did” stamped on their foreheads. Take note that, Dunn did not mention the innumerable news outlets that are in the tank for the Democratic Party. The more Anita Dunn and the all new Casa Blanca choose to bring this drama to the forefront of today’s issues, the more easy it is for people to recognize the truth about the Obama Administration; plain and simple they have an agenda to push, and whether or not the 47+% of people that didn’t vote for Obama like it, they are going to try to jam that agenda down their throat.

David Letterman Diddles his Staff

With her bible and gun on her nightstand, just a stones throw away from the Siberian Peninsula, Sarah Palin must have awoke this morning  with a grin from ear to ear. While sipping coffee and perusing the newspaper it’s likely she stumbled across David Letterman’s untimely misfortune. It seems David Letterman’s sexual perversions and  the  jokes he had made about her 14-year-old daughter being taken adantage of by Alex Rodriguez have come back to bite him in the ass. It appears David Letterman, the pious and pompous windbag,  has fallen from grace. His wife of six months, and girlfriend of 23 years, Regina Lasko, is furious at his behavior. Reports have been circulating that she intends to leave Dave, and take their five year old son with her. A court date hasn’t been set yet for the impending divorce; however sources say an announcement will be made soon. It seems Letterman has reaped what he has sown; not only for cheating, but for being a hypocrite. It is befitting that Robert Joe Halderman, the CBS employee that exposed him, ousted Letterman’s dirty little secret in the same underhanded and surreptitious way Letterman has done to others. Of course Letterman never blackmailed anyone for 2 million dollars, but he does have a tendency to prey on people who have status in society. Mr. high and mighty, who has comically capitalized on Sarah Palin’s daughter having sex out of wedlock, has apparently been fiddling and diddling with his staff in the coat room. We can only wonder if the sex was coerced or consensual; the one thing that is for certain is that the Hollywood types will be out in droves offering him shelter and defending his actions.

 

Top ten reasons not to criticize the lives of others

if you’re a celebrity talk show host, you’re married,

and you’re diddling your staff:

 

#10. It’s never good to hang a target on your back, because those you have offended just may use it.

 

#09. Vultures will stand by, squawking excitedly, waiting to pick the dead flesh from your bones.

 

#08. Because you have been so pious, you just may look like a schmuck when it’s all said and done.

 

#07. Networks love ratings, and if you’re discredited, there’s a good chance you’ll be fired.

 

#06. It could just be that you’ve ruined the lives of those you slept with, especially if they were married too.

 

#05. It’s going to be hard to bust on other people’s sex scandals, now that you have one of you’re own.

 

#04. Sooner or later, life will catch up with you, and though it’s always been assumed you’re a big fat liar, when you do get caught you prove it.

 

#03. Once you’ve soiled yourself, there’s a good chance Obama will not come on you’re show anymore. And although Roman Polanski, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and Woody Allen may stand by your side, it’s more than likely the masses will still consider you a twisted pervert.

 

#02. When you betray your family values, by philandering, you not only jeopardize your children’s well being, but there’s a good chance you will lose everything in the divorce.

 

#01. And last but not least, when someone finds out about your infidelities they may blackmail you, and you may have to confess to the world about your dirty little secrets.

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Obama Assassination Poll Posted on Facebook

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Obama Assassination Poll Rocks Facebook

 

September 28th, 2009 | by Adam Ostrow

Politics and social media can sometimes be an explosive combination. But now, a poll posted to Facebook through a third-party application has gone so far as to draw the attention of the US Secret Service.

The poll, which has since been pulled, asked the question: “Should Obama be killed?” and offered users four multiple choice answers. According to Talking Points Memo, who obtained a screenshot of the poll, more than 750 users voted in the poll before it was pulled by Facebook.

Facebook, meanwhile, offered the following statement to Mashable:

“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning. It was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content could be removed by the developer and until such time as the developer institutes better procedures to monitor their user-generated content. We’re working with the US Secret Service but they’ll need to provide any details of their investigation.”

Technically speaking, this isn’t much different than what we sometimes see with third-party ad networks violating Facebook’s policies and misusing member photos (creating plenty of confusion, myself included). In this case, it appears a user of a third-party app launched a poll that was able to spread relatively quickly and create at least a small national security concern before being pulled.

At this point, it’s unclear whether the poll will result in further action being taken against the developer or the individual that created it, but it does highlight a significant challenge for Facebook. With more than 350,000 applications on its platform, the company can’t possibly be expected to police everything, and most users probably wouldn’t want them to.

But it seems something is being lost in translation between Facebook, its developers, and users of applications, in spite of continued efforts to improve and clarify platform policies. Should Facebook be doing more, or has it simply reached a scale that abuse is something the site is going to continue to have to deal with as it happens? Share your thoughts in the comments.

http://mashable.com/2009/09/28/obama-assassination-poll-facebook/

Debtors Revolt

In a show of defiance, Ann Minch has taken it upon herself to strike back against Bank of America’s outrageous credit card rate hikes. Go to youtube and search “debtors revolt” to find the original video. Please post it on your site and stream it via your cellphones.  The more people that flood lenders telephone lines, the more likely it is that credit card companies will take the hint that we will not tolerate their cut throat activities.  Let’s make this debtors revolt go viral.

POLITICAL PANDERING BY CELEBRITIES DESERVES A BOYCOTT

WILL FERRELL ATTACKS INSURANCE EXECS

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Is It Time To Boycott Hollywood?

 I’ve two points to make: first, and foremost, how is it that a multimillionaire, who has a degree in sports casting, can walk a mile in my shoes? Ferrell did not exactly grow up poor; his dad was the keyboard player for the righteous brothers. I only wish some of that righteousness would have rubbed off on him, as his video is not exactly righteous for the many reasons listed in the comments section of Dave Cook’s article, “Will Ferrell Attacks Insurance Execs.” The other point I wanted to make is that in general, if you make more than ten grand a year, you pay taxes, the amount varies, however 30% of a year’s earnings is a pretty common. That 30% does not include property taxes and sales tax. Making healthcare mandatory and/or implementing fines for not having healthcare is essentially adding more taxes. So if we need to pay out another 10% of earnings, whether you’re 20 years old and fit as a fiddle or not, you will only be keeping 60% of your earnings. Add in another $1500 in property taxes and we then keep 55%. This is unacceptable. As for Ferrell, I advise him to look around at his surroundings; arguably, Oprah is losing her fan base, because of her political pandering, this should be an eye-opener for Hollywood types. We, the people who make or break celebrities, don’t want to hear your manurish ramblings. I’m like a freaking elephant, and I do not forget. The list of movie and TV personalities that I will not support, and vehemently oppose in public circles when they are introduced in conversation, just keeps growing and growing. I don’t mind that celebrities have an opinion, but theres no need to jam your opinion down the throats of those without one. I have no use for knuckleheads like Madonna, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Bill Maurer, Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, John Legend, Anthony Kiedis, Taye Diggs, Kate Walsh, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Will Smith, Chris Rock, Sean Penn, and the one that hurts me most, as I used to be such a big fan, Eddie Murphy; I refuse to watch them on the big screen or TV. Advertisers, should take heed as well, as it affects their bottom line when they use these pompous windbags. Do us all a favor Hollywood; keep your effer-vescing pie holes shut. Mr. Ferrell, and company, welcome to my black list!

WILL FERRELL ATTACKS INSURANCE EXECS

 By Dave Cook | 09.22.09

The battle over health care reform took to the web Tuesday, as comedian Will Ferrell and a group of other Hollywood stars released a sarcastic video mocking health insurance executives and pitching the need for a publicly-run health insurance option.

The video was released by Ferrell’s video website “Funny or Die” and by the liberal political group MoveOn.org.

“Humor can serve as a powerful reminder to Americans about what exactly is at stake” Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org, said in a statement.

Tongue in cheek

The video opens with Jon Hamm, star of TV’s “Mad Men,” saying, “Something terrible is happening.” Ferrell explains the terrible thing is that “health insurance executives are getting a bum rap.” Stars including Olivia Wilde of “House,” Masi Oka of “Heroes,” Donald Faison of “Scrubs,” and Linda Cardellini of “ER,” offer the tongue in check admonition that “we need to remember who the real victims are – health insurance executives.”

Ferrell sarcastically asks, “So why is Obama trying to reform health care when insurance companies are doing just fine making millions of dollars of profit?”

The video continues with an actor saying, “Insurance companies need our support because they keep our selfish priorities in check when we can’t.”

And Ferrell returns to the screen to say, “Insurance companies are detailed enough to reject claims for things like typos. If you spell something wrong, do you really deserve surgery? I don’t think so.”

Pitching the public option

The video closes with a slide urging viewers to “Call Congress: tell them we need a strong public health insurance option.”

The video hit the web on the same day the Senate Finance Committee began hearings on Chairman Max Baucus (D) of Montana’s draft health care reform legislation. The so-called chairman’s mark dos not include the public health insurance option Ferrell and his colleagues are pushing.

But Baucus did announce Tuesday several new measures to make health insurance more affordable for working families, including increased subsidies for lower income families, limits on additional charges insurance companies can impose on older workers, and lower penalties on those who defy rules requiring them to buy insurance.

Republicans attacked the plan, with Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., saying the legislation was a “stunning assault on our liberty.” He cited several provisions to strengthen the government’s role in health care.

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/09/22/will-ferrell-attacks-heath-insurance-execs/

ACORN REFUSING NEW CLIENTS, SHUTTING DOWN OFFICES

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If it were me writing the story, the headline would be: “ACORN Gives Legitimate Charities Black Eye.” As a journalist it would be my goal to give these guys a black eye. I applaud the efforts of those who have brought the truth to light, it needed doing for more than one reason. First, and foremost they manipulated the people who actually paid them membership dues; by embezzling from there own organization. Then, there is the consideration that ACORN intimidated politicians and manipulated the banking & housing industry, by barging into and disrupting private board meetings and blocking egress to banks in order to promulgate home loans for those who didn’t meet the financial requirements. And last, but not least, they duped all of America by misusing it’s tax dollars and promoting fraud. ACORN, in its entirety, needs to be dismantled; they should not be allowed to continue in any capacity. The good part of their demise is that the crooked political machine lost an ally due to these shenanigans, and that might be the organization’s biggest contribution to society yet!

CHICAGO — Stung by the recession and a string of scandals, the ACORN community activist organization has found itself shutting down in many of the communities it once worked to empower.

Brian Kettenring, a spokesman for the national organization, said that no new clients were being signed up while the group did an internal investigation into how business is conducted.

The freeze comes as ACORN has been closing offices across the nation. The organization has shuttered 40 percent of its centers over the last two years, dropping from its high of 105 offices two years ago, he said.

Dozens of branches, which helped low- and middle-income clients with housing, jobs and navigating government aid programs, have been closed, including those in Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Omaha, Neb.

Kettenring said the closures were mostly due to the poor economy and had become more frequent in the last year. “We’re seeing the same challenges the entire nonprofit sector is seeing,” he said.

But former ACORN members say the scandals that have recently dogged the organization — including allegations of mismanagement and voter registration fraud — have been a bigger problem.

In the latest controversy, ACORN workers in several cities, including New York, Baltimore and Washington, were secretly videotaped giving advice to two conservative activists who posed as a prostitute and her pimp and said that they wanted to buy a house and run it as a brothel with teenage girls. Workers were recorded giving advice on how to evade taxes and conceal the nature of their business.

The appearance of the videos last week on a Fox News program set off a furor. The U.S. House voted this week to deny all federal funds for ACORN, while state lawmakers in California, Georgia and Minnesota called for investigations or a cutoff of state funds.

“When you have this big of a mess, it takes time to clean up and your funders drop like flies,” said Madeline Talbott, a former head organizer for ACORN’s operations in Illinois.

ACORN’s Chicago office closed in January 2008, when Talbott — along with 365 community members, the local ACORN board and at least a dozen paid staff members — quit the organization over concerns of mismanagement and a lack of financial transparency at the group’s national headquarters.

“I feel so torn about what’s happening now,” said Talbott, who today is an organizer with Action Now, an advocacy group for the poor in Chicago. “I’m so relieved not to be part of the organization any more, and so sad because they are trying to clean things up.”

Founded in Arkansas in 1970, ACORN advocates for higher minimum wages, easier access to affordable housing and bolstering voter registration in low-income communities.

It has been a top target for conservatives because of its liberal, grass-roots agenda. President Barack Obama worked as an attorney for the group in the early 1990s.

The organization mobilized a get-out-the-vote effort to support Obama’s presidential bid last year, but it was tainted when nearly one-third of the 1.3 million new voters the group registered were rejected.

Last week, authorities in Miami announced the arrests of 11 former registration canvassers on allegations that they had submitted nearly 200 falsified forms.

Later this month, a preliminary hearing is scheduled in Nevada, where state prosecutors have accused ACORN and two former top officials of using an illegal incentive system to motivate people registering voters just before the heated 2008 presidential election.

ACORN officials blame such woes on a conservative push to force the organization out of business.

Amy Schur, ACORN’s head organizer for California, acknowledged that the organization has had a tough year but said that the state’s 12 offices would survive. Membership is up and funding has been stable, she said.

“Our organization is under attack,” she said. “But we’re going to come out of this just fine.”

Schur said the decentralized nature of ACORN ensures that if an office in one part of the country founders, it won’t necessarily affect those in the rest of the country.

Still, Schur said, she has taken steps to quell any public uneasiness. Schur said the organization has hired an independent auditor to review the finances of the state’s programs and will require more staff training.

John Atlas, a writer who just completed a book about the history of ACORN, said the recent scandals had brought “overwhelming bad publicity” to the organization.

“The brand is tainted,” Atlas said. “This is going to make it harder for them to recruit new members, to get foundation funding and get funding for voter registration.”

But Atlas said ACORN had weathered a lot in its history, and he predicted that the organization would emerge from the scandals smaller but intact.

“They may have to shrink back; they may have to rebrand,” he said. “They’ll be smaller, but they’ll survive.”

Latrell Smith, a former ACORN worker in Chicago and now an organizer for Action Now, said the scandals had been sobering and infuriating

In his current job, he is more cautious when talking with families that approach him for help.

“I joined ACORN because I wanted to make a difference in my community,” Smith said. “Before the videos came out, I could never have imagined something like that happening in ACORN.”

Now, he said, “I wonder if we could be next.”

Los Angeles Times staff writers Huffstutter reported from Chicago and Linthicum from Los Angeles. Times staff writer Ashley Powers in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

Obama Owns Health Care and the Media

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Obama’s exact words were “I Own the health care bill.” What he forgot to announce to the public is that he owns the media too; well most of it anyway, which can, without doubt, be concluded after watching this 60 Minute interview given by CBS’s Steve Kroft.

In the interview, Kroft bowed before Obama in order to help him polish and shape his inflated icon, his health care plan. Though Kroft did ask Obama a few innocuous questions, for the most part Obama owned the interview and was allowed to speak freely without being challenged. The few questions that Kroft asked that might, or might not be considered provocative were circumnavigated by Obama’s well rehearsed silver tongue. Not once did Kroft try to redirect Obama’s comments back to his original question.

It is Obama’s belief that the only way he will be able to get a grip on federal spending is to do something about health care. Once again Obama announced that once corrected, the waste and inefficiencies of our current health care programs would be enough to cover the costs of his plan for health care. What he does not make evident is that if his statement is in fact true, why has he not already pursued those issues that are dragging the programs down and corrected them? And why didn’t Kroft challenge him on this point? Take note Kroft had a pamphlet of talking points in his hands. We can only wonder what it contained; for certain it didn’t contain any questions about the cost of Obamacare. It seems to me that if Obama wanted to garner support for his concept of health care reform, he would address the issue of the cost. Any good business plan starts with a cost analysis; if Obama had to go to a bank for a business loan, they would certainly ask for a business plan. Like anything we have to pay for, we want to know the cost up front. Yet Obama claims that his health care plan will pay for itself; I say, “Show me the money!”

On the subject of tort reform Obama was quick to dismiss the idea, stating that caps on law suits do not work. Yet, he admits something needs to be done concerning the practices of defensive medicine. The reality is that defensive medicine is a direct consequence of malpractice suits, and the cost of malpractice insurance is attributed to frivolous law suits. In order to protect themselves from lawsuits, doctors have no choice but to be over protective in their practices, by conducting expensive medical tests and exams, like CAT scans and MRI’s, they might not otherwise feel are necessary.

The whole concept of health care reform is based on the idea of lowering costs; so without reworking the insurance system and addressing these frivolous law suits the outcome of Obama’s plan will be ineffective. There are even a few democrats that disagree with Obama’s neglect of tort reform in his health care plan. Howard Dean, a doctor and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at a town hall meeting in Virginia stated that, “Tort reform is not in the bill because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers. And, that is the plain and simple truth.” Some say Obama is selling out doctors to pay off the amalgamation of trial lawyers who contributed substantially to his campaign.

Obama has politicized health care reform by adding a time line to the whole discussion. It is his objective to pass health care reform by October 15th. These days image is everything, and he knows his image is at stake as Obama admitted that his plans to stay in office for awhile depend on the success of health care reform. We can only hope that he has regard for whether it is a well thought out, and viable plan. Lest he forget, he owns the health care bill; he may find himself kicking a can down the road after the 2012 election.

Unfortunately, CBS, Steve Kroft, and other liberal media outlets and reporters have been giving Obama a free pass for air time, in order that he may sway the public with his charisma and charm. It’s an incessant circle that is dominated by the inequalities of special interest groups. Big money corporations in cahoots with media outlets, or in the case of General Electric who outright own NBC and MSNBC, donate to the Obama campaign. In return Obama, recognizing General Electric’s position to profit from green technology, pushes an agenda that helps those same corporations who granted him campaign cash and air time, by passing legislation that is beneficial to them. In doing so, they not only strip tax payers of their voice, they boost their profits at the public’s expense and discriminate against those that might otherwise benefit from government contracts. Hence, the only people that lose out are the citizens ponying up tax dollars that are abused by our so called political representatives, both democrat and republican. It is not only Obama that is abusing the system for his own personal gain; all one needs to do is read the 1000 page health care bill to see just how much pork is in it. Journalism has gone down the drain and may very well take our country with it.